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News Briefs for August 27, 2019

August 27, 2019

•Tanqueray gin has unveiled a new flavored expression. Distilled four times with the essence of orange, Tanqueray Sevilla Orange is now rolling out across select Florida markets. While the launch will initially be limited to 1-liter bottles, 750-ml. packaging is set to debut in October. The orange-tinted expression first launched in Europe last September. Tanqueray is a part of Diageo’s gin portfolio, which also includes the Gordon’s, Jinzu, and Villa Ascenti labels.

•Pio Cesare has released its first single-vineyard Barolo in 30 years. The Pio Cesare Barolo Mosconi 2015 is sourced from a vineyard in the Monforte d’Alba commune. The grapes were vinified in two parcels—one for vines planted in 1947 and one for vines from 1971—before blending. About 5,000 750-ml. bottles and 300 magnums of the Barolo Mosconi 2015 were produced. The wine is currently available across the U.S., retailing at $200 a bottle. Maisons Marques & Domaines is Pio Cesare’s exclusive U.S. importer.

•Portland, Oregon’s Beck Family Estates has launched a national sales company in the U.S., taking over as the exclusive importer and marketer for the company’s portfolio of wines from South Africa and Oregon. The new company now handles importing and marketing for Graham Beck and Steenberg Vineyards from South Arica’s Western Cape, and will be responsible for marketing Oregon’s Angel Estate and Abbott Claim (an upcoming brand set to launch in 2020). The new import company is led by Kristin Marchesi, vice president of winery operations, and Clay Farmer, vice president of sales.

•Texas wholesaler Mexcor Pioneer Wine and Spirits (MPWS) has named Drew Hendricks director of business development and sales, a newly created role. Hendricks was previously director of business development at Republic National Distributing Co. (RNDC). Now he’ll turn his attention to continuing to build MPWS’s presence in the fine wine and craft spirits segments. MPWS is a recently formed joint venture between Mexcor CEO Eduardo Morales and Greg Kassanoff, founder of Pioneer Texas and CEO of MPWS.

•Morton Shiekman, who founded New Jersey-based Parliament Import Co., passed away August 21 at the age of 97. A standout football player at the University of Pennsylvania, Shiekman was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers but instead enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. After the war, he owned Caldwell’s Liquor stores in New Jersey, and founded Parliament in 1967, specializing in French wines. Today, his son Jonathan Shiekman continues the family legacy in the drinks business with his Linwood Wine & Spirit import company.

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